Shay McGinnis is on an expedition to hunt down an old ship’s diary clue to a ring that will help her with her thesis proving the existence of a group known as the Scimitar Magi. When she arrives at the church where it is held, she encounters something unexpected. A huge male, striking and very dangerous confronts her in a crazy fashion, but then they are interrupted by a creature who came straight out of a fantasy movie. She helps fight it off only to wake up later out of a comatose state with a vague idea of what had happened.
Dakar is pulled out of the purgatory he has been in for 200 years only to come face to face with the woman he has been cursed to kill or be killed by over and over with each reincarnated life. This time he is determined to get her first. Something is wrong though. Usually when they find each other, her past life memories come back to her, but this time she doesn’t remember him or the past. In fact she is a modern female who thinks he’s crazy. Unfortunately she disappeared and he was taken by the local Columbian police as a murder suspect for the demon he destroyed. After days in his cell, a strange woman who is the latest magi healer comes to him with the intent of bringing him back into the magi fold. Dakar has no intentions of completing that vow when he was tricked by the gods and spent all that time suffering in purgatory. He needs to find that woman and kill her before she can kill him so they can break the curse.
Djoser and his Assassins are still on the prowl determined to destroy the Magi and find a way to remain in the human realm permanently. His men have been taking promising children who may be pre-Magis before they are old enough to get their power and take their vows. One has come that he suspects might be the Spellcaster who will help him win it all. Cy is young and when the demon touches him all his past life knowledge returns to him, but he needs to fake it until rescue.
Through a varied set of circumstances, the whys and wherefores of the story wind out so all the early scenes make sense. It gets pretty exciting and there is that condemned love plot going along with the advancement of the overall story arc. Secrets are revealed as are new magi and contact with new gods. Characters from the previous story get some big scene time too.
With this sequel, it jumps right in and assumes the reader has read the first book. Like the first book, I had parts that I enjoyed and parts that really didn’t do it for me. I do love the whole Magis world that is built on Egyptian mythology along with demons and I love this brotherhood of guys that do the fighting. I love how they interact and fight alongside each other. The wisecracks and camaraderie are great. It was cool in this one that there were two siblings added to the dynamic. The fight scenes work and are probably the best part of the book for me. I even like the worthy opponents who they battle. The demons are just as tenacious as the warriors. I read on eagerly to discover how the author would get Dakar and Shay’s cursed to kill their lover thing fixed with the clock ticking down for the curse to kick in and have one of them killing the other for them to do it all again in the next life.
What trips me up in these books is the women and the romances (or lack there of). Shay seemed so ditzy to me. For most of the book, she just tripped around in and out of trouble needing constant rescue. She does the stupidest things and gets stubborn all at the wrong time. A wise man tells her not to go looking for dark magik users so she heads directly to find her step-brother who she knows killed his father, her brother and a pet. Um-kay. Dakar just seemed so much more. He had strong heroic qualities and Shay? She just seemed like comic relief- well not quite that bad.
The other female in the book, Kira, who was the last book’s heroine, just seems on a power trip (secret domme perhaps?) loving to boss the big males even her man like she’s their mama and zap them when they don’t agree with her plan. Nope, wasn’t feeling it with the ladies in this one.
The relationship for this story is nearly non-existent. I’m actually one who can be down with the whole fated mate stuff, but even I draw the line when there’s just nothing to convince me the two are anything more than snarling people with raging libidos. Other than two sex scenes there was no connection between Shay and Dakar and they weren’t even on friendly terms during either of them. Shay went from being scared of the big bad man to can’t live without him. I’ll give you that Dakar at least had all that past life knowledge going for them and knew that he loved her even if he’s grown embittered and just wants to break the curse hoping they can still be together when all’s said and done. Truthfully, a few tender scenes in the midst of all the demon fighting would have done the trick for me. And that contrived separation thing I did not get the purpose for at all. It didn’t even stir an emotion in me other than impatience to just please get on with it because we know they’ll be back together.
Okay, so to pull it all together…I’m into this series and want to see what happens next. I love those hints about the big, bad eleventh warrior and the new developments amongst the other magi. I look forward to who gets their book next. I had some frustration, but I also had a good time with this story. Love these lethal and protective demon fighters!
Paranormal Romance fans who enjoy a dose of heat in the romance, dark heroes with their sassy heroines and are open to creative use of Egyptian mythology in the story should give this series a try.